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European Commission stands firm on its demands for Britain to abandon plans to override Brexit withdrawal agreement

BRUSSELS is insisting that Britain should abandon plans to override key elements of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, after a compromise with Tory rebels was reached in Westminster.

PM Boris Johnson was forced to agree to table an amendment to his Internal Market Bill, giving MPs a vote on whether to use powers which would breach the deal brokered with the EU last year.

European Commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer said: “We have as you know set out a position extremely clearly, it is in our statement and it relates to those clauses being withdrawn from the law.

“That position has not changed and we have asked the UK to do this at the earliest possible convenience, and by the end of September at the latest. That has not changed.”

He also insisted the EU carries out negotiations in “good faith” after Mr Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that he did not believe they had done so in the Brexit talks.


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